Have you heard about the Raising of the Participation Age (RPA)?
Essentials for Employment
Do you employ 16 or 17 year olds?
Have you heard about the Raising of the Participation Age (RPA)?
Are you confused about how the Raising of the Participation (RPA) will affect your business?
Quick guide to the Raising of the Participation Age
It is not a legal change to the school leaving age and there is no requirement to stay on at school or to attend college.  However, the government has placed a legal duty on young people to ensure that they are positively engaged in some form of learning OR work with training. Therefore all 16 and 17 year olds are entitled to FREE training even if they are employed.
We want to ensure that the part time programmes we offer meet the needs of young people and their employers.  Your young employees can access our existing part-time courses which you can view at  However, we are also looking at developing new programmes to meet the needs of 16-18 year olds in the workplace who are not already engaged in an apprenticeship or other accredited training.  We would like to share our ideas and hear your views about the types of training packages that you would like your 16-18 year old employees to be able to access.

If you employ 16-17 year olds we would like to hear from you!

  • We can provide a free information leaflet about Raising of the Participation Age
  • We want to hear your views on what you think are the skills gaps for young people in your workplace.
  • We would like to invite you to one of our FREE briefing sessions to share our ideas for part time courses aimed specifically at those 16 & 17 year olds in the workplace.
For all enquiries or further information please contact Stella Cockerill on
01733 762173 or email